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Ten Deadly Habits That Seriously Damage Your Kidneys

By on May 20, 2015

Ten Deadly Habits That Seriously Damage Your Kidneys


Welcome to Wellness Wednesday, I’m so grateful and happy you’re joining me today.  I’m Doreen Correia and I’ll be discussing 10 deadly habits that will seriously damage your kidneys.


Our kidneys are extremely important for our health. They filter our blood, produce hormones, absorb minerals, produce urine, eliminate toxins, and neutralize acids. So as one of the most important organs in your body, your kidneys deserve some love and TLC.


Damage or steady decline of your kidneys can often go unnoticed for years as your kidneys can still do their job with as little as 20% of their capacity. Therefore, kidney diseases are often referred to as “The Silent Diseases.” That’s why it is so important to take care of them before it’s too late.


Here’s a list of 10 common habits that put a lot of pressure on your kidneys and can cause serious damage over time.

 1.  Not Drinking Enough Water

We have talked about this quite often, but realize that your kidneys most important function is to filter blood and eliminate toxins and waste materials. When you don’t drink enough pure water during the day toxins and waste material start to accumulate and can cause severe damage to your body.

 2.  Too Much Salt In Your Diet

Your body needs sodium or salt to work properly. Most people however consume too much salt, especially in processed foods, which may raise blood pressure and put a lot of stress on the kidneys. As a good rule of thumb, no more than 5 grams of salt should be eaten on a daily basis.

 3.  Frequently Delaying The Call Of Nature

Many of us ignore the urge to go because we are too busy or want to avoid public bathrooms. Retaining urine on a regular basis increases urine pressure and can lead to kidney failure, kidney stones, and incontinence. So listen to your body when nature calls.

 4.  Kick The Sugar Habit

We have talked about kicking sugar for several reasons, but scientific studies show that people who consume 2 or more sugary drinks a day are more likely to have protein in their urine. Having protein in your urine is an early sign your kidneys are not doing their job, as they should.

 5.  Vitamin And Mineral Deficiencies

Plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits are important for your overall health and good kidney function. Many deficiencies can increase the risk of kidney stones or kidney failure. Vitamin B6 and magnesium, for instance, are super important to reduce the risk of kidney stones.

An estimated 70 to 80 percent of Americans aren’t getting enough magnesium, so there may be a good chance that you are one of them.

 6.  Too Much Animal Protein

Over consumption of protein, especially red meat, increases the metabolic load on your kidneys. So more protein in your diet means your kidneys have to work harder and this can lead to kidney damage or dysfunction over time.

 7.  Sleep Deprivation

We have all heard how important it is to get a good night’s rest. Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to many diseases and kidney diseases are also on the list. During the night your body repairs damaged kidney tissue, so give your body the time to heal and repair itself.

 8.  Coffee Habit

Just as salt, caffeine can raise blood pressure and put extra stress on your kidneys. Over time excessive consumption of coffee can cause damage to your kidneys.

 9.  Painkiller Abuse

Way too many people take painkillers for their small aches and pains, while there are many all natural, safe remedies available. Excessive use or painkiller abuse can lead to severe damage of liver and kidneys.

 10.  Alcohol Consumption

Although there is nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of wine or having a beer once in a while, most of us don’t stop after just one drink. Alcohol is actually a legal toxin that puts a lot of stress on our kidneys and liver.


To stay healthy and avoid kidney issues it is important to eat lots of fresh, whole foods.  In addition, keep the above information in mind and avoid these common habits as much as possible, your kidneys will not be under constant stress and your body will thank you for that.


Thank you for joining me today, if you have learned from this video please give it a thumb up, share it, or leave a comment below.  Remember “Juice strong to live long!”

Source:  Strong and Beyond

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About Lionel Correia

Lionel is a fitness enthusiast, juicing advocate, and serial entrepreneur. He loves real estate, but is even more passionate about health, wellness and a positive mindset. He’s a graduate of the University of Arizona and prides himself on establishing great habits because great habits lead to great results. His favorite workouts include, yoga, spin class, sprints on the track and resistance training. He believes that if you desire a strong healthy body, you must first build mental toughness because a healthy body requires a disciplined mind and great habits.

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